Last week at Classical Conversations, we taught about crystals. I tried (unsuccessfully) to grow the amazing alum crystals I saw online and I was so disappointed that nothing happened! Luckily, Borax crystals grow overnight, so I was saved. Here is how we did it! Continue reading
Even though my kids are homeschooled, we use a curriculum called Classical Conversations, where we go to “school” one day a week during the school year. When I began, I loved the ability for my children to be in a classroom with other children, be under the authority of an adult other than me, give a weekly presentation, do weekly science experiments and have lunch with their friends in a lunch room. It was so fun to take them to “school” each week but still have the joy of being home with them the other four days! I’ve grown to love so much more about the classical method of education over the last 5 years. But one of the things I still love the most is the opportunity to give fun gifts to their classmates and teachers!
In 2013, my goal was to change over as much of my household and personal care items as possible to natural alternatives. I didn’t want to buy the expensive ones that still use tons of packaging and cramp my budget! I mean low cost alternatives from things I already have around my house. While I made a lot of changes, the one thing I just couldn’t get used to was not having the disposable wipes for the bathrooms and kitchen. I really tried the spray with reusable rags, but it just annoys me for some reason. So, I kept buying the Clorox Green Works ones because they were a more natural alternative. But one day I sat down and went to work to find a reusable option and I found a great one!!!
I love to give simple gifts from the heart. These pedestal plates have been all over Pinterest, but because you’re using something different every time, they look new and unique each time! They are so simple to make, but you just need to plan ahead because they take a little time to set up. These three above were given as teacher gifts last year, topped with yummy pastries. This one below was dropped off to a friend on her birthday. Continue reading
I love to decorate my “mantle” for the seasons. Since I don’t have a real mantle, I grabbed a wide shelf from Ikea and I decorate that! I thought I’d share some of my quick and inexpensive decorations for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading
Well, I finished my first chalk paint project, so I feel ready to tackle the kitchen! Our cabinets are pretty dated, but still solid. We felt like painting might make a huge bang for the buck.
If I’m being honest here, I have a really hard time waiting and often jump the gun on things. Impulsively, I didn’t want to actually clean my kitchen and take a before picture. I just started taking doors off cabinets while my sink was still full of dishes and the countertops were not so picture perfect. Soooo….this picture is a couple years old. But besides the new dishwasher, everything looks pretty much the same!
I had a friend over and she was helping me rearrange my bedroom with things I already owned…the best kind of redecorating, and the best kind of friend! I told her in passing that I needed to ditch this mirror. She promptly told me that I just needed to paint it and I would love it. You know what? I do!
I thought this project would be a perfect way to break into the Annie Sloan chalk paint world. I was going to give the mirror away, so if I ruin it, no biggie! Continue reading
Years ago, one of my friends had the most exquisite gallery wall going up her stairs. I’m super picky. I hate gallery walls where there’s a gap that’s bigger between some pictures than others, or it’s not perfectly even on the wall. It’s just really irritating to me. So when I saw hers, I thought “This is what I want!” I asked her to tell me how she went about doing it and she shared her tricks with me. I have to say, it worked like a charm!
My friend had a baby recently, and I wanted to give her some cute burp cloths for when she takes her daughter out to show off! I scoured Pinterest until I found a burp cloth that was easy and adorable and followed her instructions found here. But while I loved her pattern, I thought it would be helpful to have picture instructions for newer sewers. So here it is! Continue reading